No new COVID cases, Top doc asks for patience on test results


No new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Renfrew County as cases continue to spike in other areas of the province. 

Renfrew County reported nine active cases as of Thursday morning with no one currently in hospital because of the virus. 

Dr. Robert Cushman, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Renfrew County, said testing continues to be in high demand with delays in results. 

"There are long delays at the testing sites and equally there's large turnaround times for tests because the lab is overburdened," Cushman said in a video statement Wednesday. 

Cushman said it can be frustrating but "bad news travels fast" and "no news is good news," as he said if you haven't heard back, it's likely a negative test. He said positive test results will be notified right away. 

"We're asking you to be extremely patient and I know this is difficult because I know people want to get back to work and to school," Cushman said. 

"But this is the reality, we've got lag times now that are over a week, so we would ask you to be patient and to check the provincial check what your results are." 

Cushman also asked those who call to inquire, to leave just one message, not multiple ones. 

"Please be patient. I understand it's difficult." 

He said health officials are dealing with COVID-19 strategically and urged residents to continue to follow public health advice to "accelerate the turnaround."